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Perfect Spanish (Learn Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Understand the various Michel Thomas levels [PDF]
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444133063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444133066
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 6.9 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"I never thought I could learn Spanish, but using the Michel Thomas Method has made me realise there is hope..." (Bruce Parry)

"The nearest thing to painless learning" (The Times)

"A unique and perfectly brilliant way of learning languages" (Stephen Fry)

"The most extraordinary experience of my life" (Emma Thompson)

"Thomas makes it simple" (Sunday Times)

"Works like a dream" (Daily Telegraph)

"Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed" (The Guardian)

"Five minutes in and you already feel like you're winning" (Time Out)

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Guaranteed success, incredible progress and absolute confidence in Spanish.

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On the plus side, the grammar section as always is very useful and gives a sound basis for the structure of the language. Some of the handy little learning methods are very good too. You can definitely learn a lot from this course and I would recommend it as an really good starting point or aid to learning Spanish. On the down side. Michel Thomas' Spanish accent is not great and the over emphasis on the stresses is not really relevant in Spain as I've since discovered. However it is probably better to over stress than under stress and can easily be rectified later. Also Michel Thomas uses mostly the formal form of you (usted). This is largely due to the age of the original recording as in Spain today it is largely the tu familiar form of you that is used and very little space is given to this form here. As before however you can pick this up later. Also the teaching is more geared to Latin American Spanish and therefore some sounds are different although these are mentioned and examples given. In Latin America too some forms such as the plural for the informal you are not used, so this is not mentioned at all and I didn't even find out about this part of the conjugation of verbs till much later. Later in the tape in the vocabulary section she does briefly give an explanation for this, albeit a rather lame one. The woman's accent in the vocabulary section is apallingly American with hardly a trace of Spanish it it and there are one or two errors. Fortunately I had studied long enough beforehand to have already picked up a good grasp of the accent so it wasn't too much of a problem. The review section is not particularly good and there are mistakes and oversights in it.Read more ›
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Before this course I took the French Michel Thomas course and I thought it was excellent, I gave it 5 stars. I don't consider myself gifted when learning languages but some how I picked up so much. I had given up Spanish a few years ago. I was at about intermediate level but had no confidence speaking so I thought this would be great to review everything and practice my pronounciation.

However I found the Spanish pronounciation terrible. Michel Thomas was clearly very intelligent to learn so many languages and to come up with a great immersive way to learn them however he's not a native Speaker. He could speak a few languages before he got to Spanish and it shows. Most of the time I could see how a Spanish speaker would understand him however there were a few incidents where I thought it wouldn't have been understood.

So I totally understand why people have given him five stars as they probably don't have much experience with native speakers. However as someone who had lived in Spain and gained some knowledge of Spanish I found it very difficult not to be distracted with the terrible pronunciation and I wondered if it was good for me to keep up with this course, which is such a shame as the method really works for me.
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By GAS on 15 Nov. 2011
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I had already purchased the complete Italian course which was invaluable on a long trip to Italy. I love Thomas's approach and already had confidence in his method. If you like the method it will work for you but the presence of other students in the recordings may not suit some. His emphasis on learning the structure of the language, particularly verb forms and the use of pronouns is central to his method and works. All the other courses I have tried are dull by comparison using the tired old situations system e.g At the station etc. It outshines Berlitz and is far more effective than any other courses you will find in shops IF YOUR AIM IS TO SPEAK. If you want to take GCSE or A level you may need a different method. I would say that this system is not really suitable for children. They need Mr Thomas in their classroom but alas they can no longer have him! One criticism I would make is that the students in the recordings can be annoying when you are revising the course at a later date simply because you largely know the material and they don't. You will see what I mean when you try the course. I was a language teacher for over 30 years and this has been the most effective method I have found for personal use.
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Before buying Perfect Spanish I completed an old version of The Total Spanish Course by Michel Thomas which is the level before this one. Perfect Spanish with the MT method is ideal for intermediate students wishing to improve their conversational Spanish - there are no books with the CDs. In the 2011 version of Perfect Spaish that I bought the "teacher" Michel Thomas has been replaced by an American lady who is an improvement on Michel as her manner and accent are better. There are also 2 native Spanish speakers - one Castillian and one Latin American - and they are a great addition! My only negative would be that no time is left to think of answers to the questions before the answer is given by one of the native Spanish speakers- though of course you could press the pause button whilst you think. I am learning a lot as the MT method forces one to think and speak and I find it very enjoyable which is of course what learning a language should be...............
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